Botswana’s first national park and one of the best of national parks in Africa, Chobe National Park is a wildlife paradise and supports a concentrated wildlife and a lush vegetation. The mighty Chobe River around which the park is formed comprises of diverse ecosystem, spectacular landscape, abundant wildlife and birdlife.

Named after the might deep blue Chobe River, Chobe National Park is known as the land of the giants for its impressive elephants populations, large herds of buffaloes and the regal pride of lions. Sailing towards the sunset by the boat, the sight of large herds of elephants, buffaloes and other wildlife on the banks of Chobe River is truly an experience of wildlife paradise.

Landscape

Situated in the north of Botswana, the Chobe National park comprises of distinct landscape and ecosystem.

The Chobe River wandering through the dense forests, sandy terrain, savannah and floodplains forms lifeline to the lush vegetation and rich wildlife.  The riverfront forms a scenic landscape characterized by lush floodplains and dense woodland of mahogany, teak and other hardwoods.  This rich vegetation and the water source makes an excellent wildlife viewing.

To the south of Chobe River, located at a distance of about 70km, the Ngwezumba pans comprise a large complex of clay pans, surrounded by mophane woodlands and grassland plains. The rainy season which fills the empty pan attracts the wildlife and makes a good game viewing.

Savute, a flat plane between the park’s northern boundaries and the Linyanti River is a vast swampland called Savute Marsh when the Savute channel flows from Linyanti River carrying water and releasing into the plane.  The mysterious Savute Channel with its irregular water flow, floods and dries up irrelevant to the rainfall. It is because of this eccentric pattern numerous dead trees is seen along the channel.

In the north-west corner of the park stretching from Linyanti River to Okavango Delta, the Linyanti swamp and wetlands are pristine and secluded wilderness. The lagoons and floodplains of the wetlands are formed by sausage trees and jackal berry along with large palms and papyrus.

 

Wildlife

Chobe National Park offers good wildlife viewing through the year. However, the dry season at the park is witnessed by the movement of large herds of elephants and buffaloes towards the permanent waterbodies of the Chobe and Linyanti River. Other big mammals like zebra, impala, baboon, blue wildebeest, kudu, giraffe, warthog and vervet monkey. Lions and spotted hyenas which are found in good numbers forms the dominant predators leading up to a spectacular action with herds of buffaloes, zebras and other preys. Leopards, Cheetahs and wild dogs are seen roaming the park often along with the white rhino very rarely. The riverfront is a great sight to see the hippos, crocodiles and leguvaans along with large water monitor lizards. Chobe and Linyanti River regions are excellent place for bird viewing too.

 

Climate

The Chobe National Park is relatively dry and hot throughout the year. However, the wet season days that runs from November to March sees a pleasant morning and  rainfalls that showers late afternoon and evening has the temperature averaging about  31°C/88°F. The wet season is followed by dry season that follows through April to October comprises of relatively drier days. June and July which are cooler months of the dry season progresses in to hotter days as the season progresses with temperature going up to 35°C/95°F with relatively cooler mornings and nights.

Best time to visit

Chobe is a spectacular place throughout the year for its wildlife as well as birdlife. The lesser water in dry season attracts the large herds of elephants, buffaloes and zebras followed by large predators to concentrate around the river. Cruising the river at the dusk is seen with spectacular sunsets amidst an excellent wildlife viewing. While the dry season offers good wildlife viewing, the rainy season is forms a scenic landscape with beautiful wildflowers and spectacular birdlife along with the stunning lush vegetation that brings the Savute zebra migration.

The large herds of the land’s biggest animal walking around the Chobe riverfront while cruising in the river watching sunset is a mesmerizing event to be experienced at Chobe National Park. Offering spectacular wildlife and birdlife viewing, Chobe National Park with its dazzling river is must in ones itinerary.